Three U.S. Soldiers, One American Contractor Killed In Afghanistan

Convoy targeted at US base in Afghanistan: Afghan officials

Convoy targeted at US base in Afghanistan: Afghan officials

US defense officials announced on Monday that three American troops and one American security contractor were killed by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said he supported US efforts to pursue a cease-fire with the Taliban, who effectively control half of Afghanistan and have refused to negotiate with his government.

The Taliban have held talks with a US envoy in recent months while continuing to carry out daily attacks on Afghan forces.

"My heartfelt prayers to the families of the Americans killed near Bagram".

Three Americans were also wounded in the attack. The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main US air facility in the country.

The deadly assault comes as the Trump administration negotiates with the Taliban for a permanent peace deal in Afghanistan, where US troops have operated since late 2001 in what is now the longest military engagement in American history.

Officials did not immediately release the names of those killed, in line with standard policy pending notification of next of kin, or the nationality of the contractor.

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Earlier three people were killed in twin explosions in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Other reports suggested that it was a suicide bombing claimed by the Taliban, with an attacker driving an explosive-laden auto into a United States military convoy. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

Following an assessment on scene, it was determined that the contractor, an Afghan national, had received initial treatment with other injured civilians, according to Operation Resolute Support officials.

Four were passers-by and the fifth was a driver of a auto going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief.

The US now has some 14,000 troops in Afghanistan - down from a peak of around 100,000 - majority deployed to train and advise Afghan counterparts. 13 were killed previous year. The insurgents dismiss the Afghan government as a USA puppet.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have agreed to take part in an all-Afghan gathering later this month in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office.

Monday marked the first loss of life for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since two U.S. Army soldiers were killed late last month. But the Taliban say they will not recognize any government official attending the gathering as a representative of the Kabul government, only as an individual Afghan participant.

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